Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Korean B.B.Q at Low Yat Plaza

It's been quite some time since I last went to a Korean restaurant. Indeed, I don't usually frequent to Korean Restaurants. A friend of mine asked me to join her to have dinner at a Korean Restaurant one day. I felt quite weird cause I don't recall seeing any Korean Restaurant in Low Yat. So up we went and I saw a small but spacious Korean Restaurant located on the lower ground floor which is behind the Baoz outlet.

There were lots of food pictures from the menu attached on the wall. One thing that I noted is this restaurant don't serves complimentary appetisers like other Korean restaurants normally did. Only some of the food that you order will be served with a few appetisers. One of my friend wanted to order a snack. She asked if we would like to try fried spicy rice cake and of course we agreed to it. Known as a popular street food snack in Korea, "Tteokbokki" (떡볶기) (long cylinder shaped rice cakes) are usually stir fried with carrots, bamboo shoots, mushrooms, and cucumbers together with gochujang sauce.

"Gochujang" (고추장) sauce is actually a kind of fermented red pepper paste which is made of red chili powder, glutinous rice powder together with some soybeans, and salt. Some will add in honey, or sugar too. You can also see "Gochujang" being used when you're eating mixed rice "Dolsot Bibimbap" (돌솥 비빔밥) where you have a hot stone bowl with rice, different veges, meat and a raw egg accompanied with a bowl of "Gochujang" sauce for you to add in according to your own preference.

The "Tteokbokki" that I tried here is actually stir fried together with some bean sprouts and onions together with the "Gochujang" sauce. Although it sounded very simple, trust me it is very delicious~! The spiciness with a little sweetness of the sauce, springy rice cakes with crunchy bean sprouts, plus aromatic spring onions and sesame seeds were just heavenly good. This plate of "Tteokbokki" costed RM10.

My two other friends ordered the "Jeyuk Bap which costed RM12 per plate. It was actually pork stir fried with bean sprouts and other ingredients. This is another very nice dish. Another lip smacking good dish I would say. Not sure if the cook also uses "Gochujang" sauce in this dish or not.

Shujin and another friend of mine ordered "Sundubu Jjigae" (순두부 찌개). Priced at RM15 per portion, it actually comes with 3 appetisers.

Kimchi Cabbage (Baechu Kimchi)

I guess this is called "Baechu Kimchi" cause it refers to Whole Cabbage Kimchi and it looked the same with the photo that I saw from one of the website.

Kimchi Radish (Ggakdugi)

Anchovies and Fragrant Roasted Peanuts

"Sundubu" is actually a spicy stew with tofu, crabs, clams, veges, and an egg. According to the website I read, it says that red pepper paste a.k.a "Gochujang" is also added into the soup. This one is less spicy and not so salty compared to the one I had. But, the eggy soup was nice and aromatic. :)

I also ordered a soup with rice called "Doenjang Jjigae" (된장찌개) which is priced at RM15. "Doenjang" was actually a type of fermented soybean paste. It is being cooked as soup with ingredients like tofu, vegetables, clams, and crabs. I find it very tasty and a little more spicy than the "Sundubu" with very aromatic fermented soybean. But be warned cause I find it getting saltier and saltier each time I sip the soup down to my throat. I guess it's because of the fermented soy bean but no doubt that the soup goes very well with my bowl of white rice. I'm missing the soup right now cause it tasted very delish. :)

Strange right cause we didn't order anything related to the restaurant's name? (BBQ) :P

I'm actually quite satisfied with the food served here. It's actually better than the one that I visited in Mid Valley. The cook of this B.B.Q Korean restaurant is actually a lady. I was wondering if she's a local or a Korean cause she has a very healthy and fair skin. While I was having my meal, a man walked into the restaurant. He began to speak Korean to the lady. Their conversations were purely in Korean language. So, the owner and the cook of the restaurant is a Korean. :) If given a chance to makan at Low Yat I would love to go back to this restaurant.

Some of the websites that I find it quite interesting to know more about Korean food are:
Wikipedia on Gochujang
Life in Korea-Food and Drink
Wikipedia on Korean Cuisine

B.B.Q Korean Restaurant
LG 23A(24), Jalan Bukit Bintang,
Kuala Lumpur


Dwayne Foong said...

mmmm.. yummy yummy

Tummythoz said...

I am quite a prude when it comes to trying new dishes (to me). A fussy eater. When I take Korean, it's usually just BBQ stuff. Now I can confidently walk in & order others. TQ for such an informative post.

Timothy said...

Yeah. good information you have there ... cookies_cream. I did an article earlier too, on Korean BBQ... but not the same joint. It's in Sri Hartamas.

jason said...

Low Yat? Shall try them out if I'm in that area!

Jasonmumbles said...

A lot of bloggers have been blogging about Korean food lately. Why ah?

tankiasu said...

Hmm quite affordable the pricing here. Might wanna try it out one day.

Yea, I reckon 90% of the Korean restaurants here are owned by Koreans.

MeiyeN said...

we passed by this shop many times and my bf always wanted to try and da notty me dragged him away :p da sausage thingy looks yummy!!!! gonna show him this post of yours.... think he gonna drool :p

Jackson said...

Korean food again! Dunno why i alwiz dun hv a luck to eat Korean Food coz most of my friend doesn't like it

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

wah i learned alot..i learnt what i ate that day as well! hahah yes the 1 that tim talked about in sri hartamas awesome..had the chance to review it that day also

jason said...

Jackson: We go with you next time ;)

KampungboyCitygal said...

my tongue knot..just to pronounce those korean words..hahahaha

cookies_cream said...

dwayne foong - YumYum~! When are we going again? :P

tummythoz - No prob~ ;)

timothy - Oh, I'm not familiar with Hartamas.

jason - Haha, come to KL then we all can go makan together

jasonmumbles - Why ar...coincidence? ;)

tankiasu - Yeah, the 1 near KLCC also owned by Korean. :)

meiyen - Haha!

jackson - Haha, yeah..next time we makan kaki all go together

"joe".wicc - Haha..should ask someone to bring me to Hartamas makan liao.

kampungboycitygal - Hehe~! :P